Setting eggs Pictures added.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by AmethystSynn, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. AmethystSynn

    AmethystSynn New Egg

    Jun 16, 2011
    Hello everyone,
    Around 2 - 3 years ago we rescued 2 blue slate turkeys and 4 African geese from horrible living conditions. We were told that one turkey was a male, the other was a female, and the 4 geese were females. One of the turkeys(the so say female one) was badly bedraggled. It had a very noticable amount of feathers missing, was really boney, and just looked terrible. We did not know if it was going to survive, but it did. It now looks like we have 2 toms. They get along great. Where one is the other usually is. They both strut around the yard with their tails fanned out like they own it, lol. When I "talk" to them they both "talk" back to me and sound exactly the same.
    At least that was how it had been until this morning. When I went out to feed this morning one of them was setting some eggs and the other was strutting around, ramrod straight, tail feathers down, and neither of them would "talk" to me.
    Now to add more to the puzzle, lol. We bought a gander to keep the female geese "company" over a year ago. They have been laying and setting eggs for about 6 months now. Yesterday one of the female geese was setting on the eggs that the turkey is setting on today. None of the eggs have hatched because something keeps stealing them.
    These are the first turkeys and geese I have ever had, but this still does not seem like normal behavior to me. My husband and friend (who both know as little about them as I do) tease me and say my bird is going through a "gender crisis" from me spoiling them so much. Can somebody please help solve this puzzle for us? Any ideas would really be appreciated.
    I have also been told that turkeys do not like water, but these 2 love it. They spend almost as much time in the little pond we have as the geese do. I will post pictures once I figure out how on this site, lol.

    Thank you.

    PS. Sorry for being so long winded.

    I figured out how to post pictures, so here are a couple. My friend named them "Christmas" and "Thanksgiving", lol. The one setting the eggs is Christmas since he seems to be the older one.
    The bigger turkey in the back is the one setting the eggs now.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  2. greenfingers

    greenfingers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Wasilla, Alaska
    Sounds interesting....please post pics!!
  3. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2008
    are you sure you don't have 2 male turkeys , the one sitting looks like a tom to me! [​IMG]
  4. AmethystSynn

    AmethystSynn New Egg

    Jun 16, 2011
    I think both are toms also, but the one is a bit confused,lol.

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